Departamento de Valle Fértil

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  • Day741

    Valle de Luna

    May 27, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    After Cafayate we headed to a small sleepy village to the northwest. There wasn't much going on but we visited a micro brewery and had a nice night in a huge but completely deserted municipal camp ground.
    Next up was a looong drive south to Mendoza, down the iconic Ruta 40 that runs the length of the country tracking the Andes. After a good day's drive we stayed in a lovely community camp ground at Pozo Azul (Green Wells), with a gorgeous red rock canyon.
    After another longish stint we ended up in Chilecito an old mining town which had an incredibly ambitious cable car system built in the early 1900s to link the mines in the Andes to the railway line. Very impressive but now a rusted old relic. The memorable thing about the campsite here was that we had to ask the owner 30mins before we wanted a shower so he could start a wood fire to heat up the water!
    We had a short hop to La Rioja, which was a larger town as we wanted to make sure we had somewhere to watch the Champions League final. Just as we called a cab into town the fancy hostel found the big match on the TV there, as Jo was feeling a little under the weather so we stayed local to watch it.
    Another 4 hour drive and we arrived at the Valle Del Luna regional park. The national park next door costs 4 times as much and offers less, so it wasn't a hard decision which to visit. Its a strange set up as you can only drive through the park, and only in convoy with a guide, but as we got here late in the day there was only 3 cars and we got to see it in the gorgeous late afternoon orange sun. The unusual geogology make up means there's a huge area rich in fossils from across all the epocs and the landscape is pretty epic. One of the most amazing stops was the marbles you can see in the photos - they are not made by erosion but by layers upon layers of sand deposits around an organic embryo, like a dead fly - truly bizarre. We finished the tour just in time for an amazing sunset, and spent the night at a great spot with free WiFi and brand new toilets - better than most camp sites!

    We then took a bit of a detour off the main road and down a small windy side road that wound through more gorgeous scenery, and spent a lazy day cooking stew on a camp fire at a dusty little free camp ground.
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  • Day6

    Road trip Day 1 Mendoza -San Agustín

    March 17, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Big, long drive through a desert in 35C plus WITHOUT air conditioning. We will not make that mistake again.

    Highs - huge eagles, mostly empty roads, the most dippity doodahs ever and lovely mountains.
    Lows - the relentless sun, heat, sweat and hot drinking water. One photo shows Clare trying to shade her burning skin with a white bag. Also no toilets or suitable places to stop and when we (Lisa) did, being eaten alive by a swarm of mosquitos who then joined us in the car. Thus followed a comedy scene of two women furiously trying to swat mosquitos with their bare hands. Lisa has over 20 bites from her pee stop.

    Now we are at our rustic hotel with a swimming pool (we've had a dip) a fully stocked and very reasonably priced minibar (also had a dip) - and more mosquitos (we stayed in the room til dinner).

    At dinner Clare tried two big Argentine classics of food and drink - milanesa (chicken escalope) and fernet & coke. She loved the first, detested the second. Lisa tried it too - its very bitter like maté. Don't like either.
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  • Day23

    Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

    January 28 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Pasamos la noche en el Parque Provincial Ischigualasto. Está muy bien equipados, se puede acampar, hay techo, mesas, electricidad, wi-fi, duchas calientes.
    En la mañana, nos fuimos a hacer el recorrido que dura 3hs y media.Read more

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Departamento de Valle Fértil, Departamento de Valle Fertil

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